Military buyback and re-enlisting


Q. I have 13 years in the Air Force, all of which were on Active Duty. I separated honorably and bought back my time and now work for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (FERS). I currently have 27 years of creditable service. If I were to re-enlist into the Air Force Reserves, would I be able to collect my military retirement after a 7-year enlistment completing 20 years of total military service, even though I bought back my 13 years of active duty time?A. Making a deposit to get credit for your active duty service would have no affect on any reserve retired benefit you are entitled to now or in the future.


About Author

Reg Jones was head of retirement and insurance policy at the Office of Personnel Management. Email your retirement-related questions to

Leave A Reply